About Chef Pietro
Authentic Italian Chef
Chef Pietro Mosconi
President, Chefs De Cuisine Association of America
Employer of the Year by the Summit School in 2010
Member, Chaine de Rotisseurs Society of New York
Member, Les Amis D’Escoffier Society of New York
2005 Chef of the Year, Chefs De Cuisine Association of America
Award winning chef Pietro Mosconi was born in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy in a small village, in the province of Piacenza. It was here where Pietro was first exposed to traditional Northern Italian cuisine that had a profound influence on his cooking today. The Mosconi family had a small farm where Pietro began working on at a young age. His tasks included growing produce and caring for the livestock but he most enjoyed assisting his mother and grandmother in preparing pastas and breads.
In 1966, Pietro and his father Paolo headed to America aboard the Michelangelo ship in search of new opportunities. The first year was extremely difficult adjusting and learning the language but soon after Pietro began to gain experience in the culinary field. With each hardship came a new opportunity and with each opportunity came a new promotion. While working a full time schedule, Pietro also began to take courses at the New York City College of Technology expanding his education of the culinary arts. During this time Pietro, worked for notable restaurants Giambelli, Romeo Salta, and Ginos of Lexington Ave. During his first ten years in America Pietro was approached by several investors to partner with and open a place as far as Hawaii but Pietro was determined to open his own business in New York.
In 1976, Pietro with his siblings opened Villa Mosconi on MacDougal Street in a space that was formerly known as Mona Lisa. The restaurant had become a neighborhood favorite and with its success the Mosconi family purchased the old-time favorite Monte’s Trattoria in 1983, located just one block up on MacDougal Street.
Today, Pietro is most often seen in the heart of Greenwich Village on MacDougal Street, between his two eateries Villa Mosconi and Monte’s Trattoria. It is here that Pietro can be found looking for parking for his refrigerated van before the lunch shift begins. Pietro’s daily routine begins with trips to local markets to purchase produce for his establishments. While observing this vigorous routine one would think that after his daily loading and unloading of goods that his day would be over --- but for Pietro it has just begun.
In addition to his daily involvement with his two eateries, Pietro participates in mentoring young chefs through apprentice programs and was named the Employer of the Year by the Summit School in 2010. He also serves as a member of several culinary organizations including the Chaine de Rotisseurs and Les Amis D'Escoffier Society of New York. In 2007, Pietro was honored at the James Beard house and hosted an Italian luncheon. Pietro was the recipient of Chef of the Year in 2005 from the Chefs de Cuisine Association of America and was elected President of the organization in 2010.